Revised 2018-2019 Specifications and Adjustments to the Skate Fishery; Framework Adjustment 6

February 15, 2019

We have approved and implemented Framework Adjustment 6 to the Northeast Skate Complex Fishery Management Plan. Framework Adjustment 6 reduces the management uncertainty buffer between the annual catch limit and catch target from 25 to 10 percent, allowing for an increase in the total allowable landings in the wing and bait fisheries for the 2018 and 2019 fishing years.

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A summary of the revised measures for the skate wing and skate bait fisheries is provided below in Tables 1 and 2.

TABLE 1 – TOTAL ALLOWABLE LANDINGS FOR FISHING YEARS 2018-2019

Total Allowable Landings (TAL)

mt

Skate Wing Fishery

Season 1 (May 1 – August 31)

5,984

Season 2 (September 1 – April 30)

4,515

Skate Bait Fishery

Season 1 (May 1 – July 31)

1,629

Season 2 (August 1 – October 31)

1,962

Season 3 (November 1 – April 30)

1,698

 

Unused wing TAL from Season 1 has been rolled-over to Season 2, and the unused bait TAL from Seasons 1 and 2 has been rolled-over to Season 3.  As a result, for 2018, the Season 2 wing TAL is increased to 6,009 mt and the Season 3 bait TAL is increased to 2,760 mt.

TABLE 2 – POSSESSION AND LANDING LIMITS FOR FISHING YEARS 2018-2019

Skate possession limits*

Trip Limits (lb)

Skate Wings

Whole Skates

Barndoor** Skate Wings

Whole Barndoor** Skates

NE Multispecies, Scallop, or Monkfish Day-At-Sea (DAS)

Season 1 (May 1 – August 31)

2,600

 

5,902

 

650

 

1,476

 

Season 2 (September 1 – April 30)

4,100

 

9,307

 

1,025

 

2,327

 

 

NE Multispecies B DAS

May 1 – April 30

220

 

500

 

0

0

Non-DAS

May 1 – April 30

500

 

1,135

0

0

Whole skate with bait Letter of Authorization

May 1 – October 31

0

25,000

0

0

November 1 – April 30

0

12,000

 

0

0

*Possession and landing limits may be modified in-season in order to prevent catch from exceeding quotas.
**Barndoor skate trip limits are within the overall skate possession limit for each trip, not in addition to it.

We are closely monitoring the Season 2 wing fishery landings relative to the revised seasonal TAL.  We will consider implementing the 500-lb incidental trip limit when 85 percent of the 2018 TAL (8,924 mt) is projected to be reached.  We will notify wing fishery participants of this change if necessary.

Last updated by Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office on February 15, 2019